Barbuto chef Jonathan Waxman resurrects the name and some of the conceptual ideas of his 1980s restaurant Jams at this new 1 Hotels eatery, opening in July. "Some of the same philosophy is still implicit: emphasis on seasonal items, an air of simplicity and, of course, a real charcoal grill," says Waxman. "What some have called Californian cuisine really is my version of the best that California represents: a bit of Italy (especially the Riviera), a smattering of Mexico, a solid foot in French cuisine, a touch of Asia and a bit of the Mediterranean coupled with basic American." As for the decor, he shares: "Style-wise, there will be repurposed materials, real linen, California homey plates, great art (especially California and New York artists). There will be old-fashioned, no-nonsense cocktails, great wines, including those on tap." 1 Hotel, 1414 Avenue of the Americas
This month, chef Gabriel Kreuther, who achieved critical acclaim at The Modern during his nearly 10-year tenure, will open an Alsatian-inspired restaurant designed by Glen Coben in the Grace Building across from Bryant Park. 1114 Avenue of the Americas
Opening this summer in Williamsburg, former A Voce chef Missy Robbins teams up with Black Seed/The Smile's Matt Kliegman to open this intimate Italian restaurant focusing on fresh pasta and weekly meat specials cooked via custom-built wood-burning grill. There will also be a small takeaway cafe and outdoor seating. 567 Union Ave., Brooklyn
Harold's Meat & Three
Commerce chef Harold Moore (pictured) will open his take on a traditional "meat & three" concept, popular in the South, in the new Hudson Square Tommie Hotel. The restaurant offers diners choice of a main course protein along with three sides; selections will be varied and seasonal. 231 Hudson St.
Maritime Hotel Project
Italian powerhouse duo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich will take over F&B operations at the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, a stone's throw from the High Line, including revamping the aging indoor/outdoor eatery La Bottega. The menu will draw inspiration from the hotel's nautical decor and will feature Italian coastal and island cuisine with a focus on crudos, whole fish and other seafood. Decor-wise, the new restaurant will be inspired by the Amalfi coast destination Positano. While an opening date is still TBD, the new concept will most likely land sometime in this summer. 363 W. 16th St.